Author Archives: Stick

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.

Quick Look @ the MLD Light Snow Gaiters

A couple of weeks ago I decided to pick up a pair of the Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Light Snow Gaiters. I figured that (for me) these would be a good addition to my ZPacks rain kilt for covering my … Continue reading

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2014 Montbell Down Hugger 800 #3 Sleeping Bag Review

Since getting my Montbell Down Hugger 800 #3 sleeping bag last year for my birthday, I have now used the bag about 12 nights total: At home I have used the bag 4 nights: 3 outside in a tent, and … Continue reading

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Exped SynMat UL7 Sleeping Pad Review

Yea, I am… a HUGE NeoAir fan. However, after a random night’s sleep on an older Exped SynMat 7 last July at the “Fontana Hilton” shelter, I found myself re-thinking the comfort level of the Exped pads… But not only comfort, … Continue reading

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Back 2 Back with Cesar: Thoughts on Section Hiking vs Thru Hiking

For the last few years now Cesar, from Cesar and the Woods, and I have been talking back and forth via email mostly, but also through comments on each of our blogs, or on our YouTube channels. Cesar is an … Continue reading

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AT Section Hike: Iron Mtn Gap to Erwin, TN

I have been working on connecting the random sections of the Appalachian Trail that I have already hiked, and I almost have it all completed up to Dennis Cove Rd (mile 416.5)! So, last week my son and I loaded up … Continue reading

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First Look @ the MLD Duomid & Solo Inner Net Tent

For the last few years I have really wanted the Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Duomid and the Solo Inner Net tent. And let’s be real, while my BPW does vary from trip to trip, overall I would classify myself as an … Continue reading

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